Around Chicago: Little Beet Table

Gluten is one of my best friends. As in, any talk of gluten-free anything and I will slowly back out of the conversation. So, when an opportunity arose to check out Little Beet Table, a gluten-free restaurant with a veggie-forward menu, during a Yelp Elite event recently,  I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the fact that it’s a gluten-free establishment but tried to keep an open mind. 

We started the night out with a limited selection of drinks, of which I chose the LBT Gin & Tonic to begin with. It was a unique drink — very crisp and refreshing! There was also a selection of snack-type foods brought out, including this amazing popcorn with tajin & parmesan that was incredibly delicious. I never thought I’d be impressed by a restaurant’s popcorn, but I’d say it’s a must-try when you’re here.

LBT Gin & Tonic

For the remainder of the night, we were able to try all of the happy-hour/shareable dishes. The next dish that came out was the sunflower hummus with pita bread, which is another must-try. It was quite literally the best hummus I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. I’d say the hummus and popcorn with a drink would be some great picks for a happy hour visit.

Pita & Sunflower Hummus

Next, we were served guacamole and gluten-free chips. Amazing guac though if I had to choose one over the other, I’d choose the pita & hummus.

Chips + Guac

Later in the night, the blistered shishito peppers were brought out, which, again, I enjoyed and would order again! The only dish I tried and had a “meh” reaction to was the broccoli pizzetta. It wasn’t bad, just not as good as the other dishes we sampled.

Blistered Shishito Pepper + Broccoli Pizzetta

But the absolute best part of the night was the chocolate chip cookies! I had EXTREMELY low expectations because gluten-free desserts definitely don’t have a reputation for being great. I was just hoping they’d be tolerable to eat, but they were legitimately great-tasting cookies compared to all chocolate cookies in general, not just for being gluten-free. 

If you don’t try anything else here, get the cookies!!

Since we didn’t get a chance to sample any entrees, I made sure to ask the bartenders for dinner entree recommendations, of which the cavatelli and the salmon entrees were most highly recommended and are on my list to try during a second visit. I also noted that the menu clearly calls out all items that are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan, making Little Beet Table a great choice to take a group of people that may have a variety of dietary restrictions, where everyone can get a meal that they enjoy. 

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find a gluten-free restaurant at which I didn’t feel, as a person that doesn’t have a gluten allergy, like I was sacrificing quality or taste to dine here and I’m looking forward to coming back to Little Beet Table for dinner soon!

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